The Mite White Tournament Team recently traveled to Hershey, PA to compete in the 2018 Hershey Halloween Howl. On Friday, October 26th, the Patriots began the tournament against a tough Haverford Hawks team. The Hawks were leading the game after two periods but the Patriots scored two goals in the third period to win 4-3. The kids rushed back to the hotel to put on their costumes and went trick or treating in the hotel lobby where parents handed out candy. On Saturday, October 27th, the Pats squared off against the New Hampshire Avalanche where their hard work snowballed into a 7-1 win. Potomac took on the Reading Independence later that day and jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Jaxson Jaynes scored a spectacular goal from in front of the net and goalie Colin LeBlanc made saves off of his facemask. However, all that time at the pool wore the kids out and they lost 5-4. The team went to see the Hershey Bears play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins later that night and were pumped to make the four-team playoff on Sunday, October 28th.
The Pats’ first playoff game was a rematch against the Haverford Hawks. This time the Patriots displayed incredible defense. The Hawks never managed a shot on goal in the first period and veteran Hailey Crosson scored two goals as a defenseman. AJ Dinwoodie, Mason Sanchez and Ryder Chambers formed a great line combination as they flew around the ice determined to win the game. Justin Kernan had some jump in his game as he pounced on a rebound in the paint and increased his tournament total to two. The great effort resulted in a 6-1 victory and the Pats moved on to face the undefeated Atlantic City Sharks in the Championship game later that day. The players were fearless as they jumped out to an early lead on goals by veterans William Vaughn and Declan Henry. Defenseman William Bailey made a beautiful pass up to Liam Morse on the wing who made no mistake when he buried the puck in the back of the net. Despite a goal by speedy Oliver Hensel the Sharks stormed back to tie the game. Opportunistic Dylan Colantoni flew up the ice on a breakaway but was stopped by the Sharks netminder. Goalie Colin LeBlanc made a fantastic save in the third period but was down on the right side of the crease as the rebound sat in the blue paint. In an act of desperation, William Bailey threw his body in front of the empty net as one of the Sharks shot the puck and it was deflected away. The other dependable defensemen, Hailey Crosson and Jaxson Jaynes, never gave the Sharks time to set up in the Patriots zone and made sure the puck stayed in Sharks’ end for much of the game. William Vaughn scored the go-ahead goal with 1:32 left in the period and the Patriots took home the C Division Witches Championship with a 6-5 final score! Congratulations to all of the players who look forward to drinking root beer from the Cup after their next practice.